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Behavioral Therapy

behavioral therapy

Many different behavioral therapies are available to provide those who suffer from addiction with a foundation for recovering and staying sober.  Behavioral approaches to drug abuse treatment provide incentives to change, incentives to remain abstinent from drug abuse and help addicts to modify their attitudes in a way that will promote greater stability and sobriety.  Many of these therapies focus on helping adults to better handle stressful situations and recognize environmental triggers that may otherwise result in them using drugs.

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Various behavioral therapy options exist in adult drug rehab.  Most of the time, the type of therapy that is used depends on the addiction itself and various lifestyle factors associated with the patient or recovering addict.  For instance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be used to treat addiction to marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine whereas Contingency Management & Motivational Incentives are often used for the treatment of opioid addictions and stimulant addiction.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy was developed to help prevent relapse in people who had problems with drinking alcohol.  The therapy method was later derived to provide quality treatment and relapse prevention techniques to those who were addicted to cocaine and is now used as an effective behavioral therapy for the treatment of various compulsive disorders & addictions including addiction to marijuana & methamphetamine.  CBT strategies are based on the premise that learning processes play a critical role in the development of poor behaviors such as substance abuse.  During CBT, individuals learn how to identify the behaviors that lead to their use of drugs and correct such behaviors by applying newly learned skills for coping.

Contingency Management

Often used to treat addiction to opioids, opiates and simulants, contingency management and motivational incentives involve giving patients tangible rewards in an effort to reinforce positive behaviors.  This type of behavioral therapy was derived after studies found that incentive-based interventions were highly effective at increasing the treatment retention and promoting sustained abstinence from drugs.  Many of these programs use vouchers for food, clothing, or entertainment as a means of positively influencing good behaviors such as abstinence from drugs or a set length of sober days.

Community Reinforcement

Similar to contingency management, community reinforcement is a type of behavioral therapy that focuses on using vouchers & motivational incentives to help patients stay sober.  This is typically a 6 month program that uses recreational, family, social and vocational vouchers to make a non-drug-lifestyle a more rewarding experience than one that includes substance abuse.  Patients attend counseling sessions and also learn skills for staying sober.  When levels of sobriety are achieved, rewards are provided.

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